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    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.



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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair


    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm


    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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Website status

This site has not been updated since 2014 and is being maintained as an archive for now. As time allows we'll be weeding out the dated material and presenting the many useful articles in a new format. We'd appreciate any feedback on what you find most useful on this site via our contact page.


Building very local resilience

Very local networks

Very Local Networks is an idea that is gaining ground in rural and urban areas. It establishes contact, fosters support and resilience, enhances trust, and promotes community based primarily on  specific geography and everyday concerns.

Here is a useful template which explains the concept and how it works. Your can easily edit this to suit your local conditions and personal details if you feel motivated to start a Very Local Network where you live. It should fit on an A4 sheet, with space at the bottom for the tear off, non-email return slip. Please let us know how it goes!

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Preparing for high impact, low probability events

This new report from the think tank, Chatham House, received in depth coverage in the Guardian, and highlights how lean, just in time approaches to public services and business put the UK at risk when disaster strikes. Fuel shortages, low stocks of emergency food, and inadequate water storage networks are among the difficulties that can lead to social breakdown and chaotic infrastructure.

As Permaculturists begin to look beyond their veg patches and wake to the bigger picture, this report makes important reading:

If time and stamina do not encourage you to read the whole thing on the Chatham House website, you can see a summary by clicking on the Read More button below. I have highligted areas of particular significance to our own ongoing discussions on preparedness which were referred to in the last newsletter.

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Seedy Sunday date set for Mach.

The next Mach Seedy Sunday which will take place on Sunday 26th February!

Previous Seedy Sundays (and Seedling Saturdays!) have been so sucessful due to the amazing range of talks, stalls, seeds, knowledge and energy put in by people from the local and wider community. We are now looking for people to contribute and get involved in this years event!

Would you like to run a stall or give a talk on the day? If so, please get in touch now. Stall fees will be by donation and can be based on how well you do on the day.

Contact us now to book a stall:

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Eradicating ecocide

2012 Our Year of Change
What will your legacy be?

2012 can be the year when we end the era of Ecocide. It’s a moment in the history of humanity when we can say, “Now is the time for new ways of thinking, being and doing. Now is the time to change the rules of the game and create new Earth Law.” We have the landmark Earth Summit in Rio in June, 20 years on from the original Earth Summit where the Dalai Lama spoke out against destruction of the Earth. His words ring equally true today: “Sometimes we just take everything for granted and don't care, and this kind of negligence is also a danger.”

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Gardening for Life at Primrose Earth Awarenesss Trust

How to garden for life

through developing sustainable, natural food gardens

Throughout 2012

At ‘The Centre for Sustainable Food’

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust, Felindre, nr Talgarth,

Brecon, Powys LD3 0ST

This inspiring course will encourage you to take on permaculture principles to produce healthy food from your farm or garden or simply help you to understand how you can live more sustainably. Learning from nature and the Primrose Transition Farming Model.

Each month, we will explore the ideas behind practical gardening activities appropriate to the season and you can see how the wonderful and incredibly productive gardens at Primrose Centre change throughout the year. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10.00-15.00. We can provide hot drinks, but please bring your own lunch and suitable clothing for practical work.

7th Feb

Designing and planning sustainable + organic gardening and farming systems.  Planting and using willows

This course is ideal for:

  • amateur gardeners, smallholders and farmers
  • anyone wishing to grow healthy food
  • retired people looking for new experiences
  • people who care for the environment

6th March

Edible Forest Garden - design and practice.  Pruning and seed propagation

27th March

Mulching in the forest garden and organic vegetable garden. Composting

24th April & 15th May

Sowing and planting out - outside and in the polytunnels.

Feeding the soil, soil health, fertility and biodynamics

5th June & 3rd July

Care of polytunnel crops

Pest and disease management

Harvesting for maximum quality and production

Biodiversity and Wildlife

On the course you will:

  • learn design skills
  • improve knowledge and practical skills
  • appreciate and connect with nature
  • share experiences and make new friends
  • become inspired to feed yourself and your family with healthy and vital food

4th Sept

Winter ground preparation.

Harvesting and processing.      Green manures.

2  Oct

Preparing for winter cropping in polytunnels.

Preserving and juicing;              Seed saving

Sprouting tasty & nutritious grains, seeds & pulses

27th Nov

Choosing plant and tree varieties.

Tree planting            Energy & food production

Course Leader:   Dr Paul Benham: Holistic farmer; Project Director, Centre for Sustainable food

Contact: Paul on 01497 847 634 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Cost: £25 per session  or £210 for whole course

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